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Rustic + Elegant Sharksmouth Estate Summer Wedding

Choosing a venue that’s a blank state can be daunting, but it can also lead to an absolutely incredible wedding. Take, for example, this gorgeous Bride and Groom, who chose the Sharksmouth Estate to play host to their rustic and elegant wedding. Bringing in farm tables, bistro lighting and accents of wood and gold, they created the day of their dreams. See it all from Hello Love Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…From the time we got engaged, our goal was to create a weekend that genuinely felt like “us” and most importantly would be fun for all of our guests. We were drawn to a non-traditional venue where we had the freedom to create exactly what we envisioned. We decided to create an environment of “rustic elegance” at the old stone estate, with farm tables, lots of wood/gold accents, and bistro lighting. I took on a couple of DIY projects and this was one of my favorite parts of planning – I was so excited to share all of these details with our friends and family!

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Photography: Hello Love Photography | Cinematography: Stop Go Love | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Catering: Chive Events | Makeup: Karla Patricia | Hair: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Band: Cover Story | Venue: The Stone House at the Sharksmouth Estate

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Machester-By-The-Sea Wedding from Forevercandid Photography

This seaside celebration is everything a wedding should be. Elegant, intimate and styled to absolute perfection. Woven through the day are the happiest pops of pink and orange along with a subtle touch of retro romance. It’s a wedding you’ll just long to get lost in thanks to the beautiful imagery by Forevercandid Photography, and most certainly can with a trip to the full gallery here.

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From the bride…Gabe and I met on a beach one summer while we were in college, quite a few years before we ended up together. One of our mutual good friends introduced us. There was an obvious, instant attraction event though we both played it cool with each other. We ran into each other at various points over the years until one special summer, we decided to go for it and have never been happier. Part of the reason I love Gabe so much is that we truly enjoy every moment we are together. We are best friends, make each other laugh, and are always looking for the next adventure together, big or small. Gabe has been a constant source of strength and inspiration for me and I feel blessed to have found someone so perfect for me. We are so excited to embark on this new adventure of marriage together!

My wedding location was my one non-negotiable. The Sharksmouth Estate is a beautiful retreat in my hometown. My father has been playing tennis at the estate for years which made the location that much more special and meaningful. I love the character and quirkiness of the house and property and was inspired to dive into all of the details surrounding the big day. I knew I wanted a whimsical, romantic old-school Hollywood feel. I wanted lots of bright, vibrant flowers and colors as well as candles everywhere to really bring the evening to life and make it feel like that much more of a beautiful celebration.

When I finally found my dress, which was nothing like what I had envisioned,  I was really able to fill in the details. I chose charcoal for the bridemaids and groomsmen so the flower colors would really pop against them. I wanted the evening to feel warm and intimate even though I was set on having the reception outside. I suggested that my dad build an arbor over the head table and he really outdid himself by creating a gorgeous canopy, complete with a chandelier, that felt like a magical fairy canopy. Lastly, our friends who did the catering, helped us hand pick the menu, drink selection and brought the rooms to life with their design detail and touches.

There were many DIY elements of the wedding. It was important to Gabe and myself that we involve as many friends and family into the wedding plans and preparations as possible to make it that much more meaningful. Gabe’s sister and band mates sang during the ceremony, my dad created the arbor over the head table, Gabe and I wrote our own vows and our dear friend officiated the ceremony. My cousins, father and myself wrote out and put together all wedding invitations and numerous family members and friends were involved in preparing the house for the big day, from stringing lights to potting plants to go around the grounds.  

The favorite part of the wedding for both Gabe and myself was having all of our closest and dearest friends and family members present for not only the big day, but the whole weekend. There was such a feeling of warmth and love the whole wedding weekend and it was an amazing feeling to have everyone we care about be able to to celebrate with us and be genuinely happy and excited for the two of us. Without a doubt, the best day of our lives!

Wedding Photography: Forevercandid Photography | Wedding Venue: Sharksmouth Estate in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Floral Designs by Laura Jean | Catering: Chive Events | Band: Eight to the Bar | Wedding Dress: Monet by Jenny Packham via Everthine Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ivy & Aster | Bridemaids’ Belts: Country Couture Weddings | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein | Bowties: Etsy

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Backyard Manchester-by-the-Sea Wedding by Tory Williams Photography

Bare feet in the grass strolling down the aisle to your future husband with a harpist strumming in the background. Now that is how you do a backyard wedding. Tory Williams Photography captured this Gloucester affair from bare foot start to yummy cupcake eating finish. It’s casual in the most elegant of ways as all good New England beach weddings should be and you can see it all  right here.

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From the Bride… Six years ago, Matt’s sister, Megan, set her big brother and me up on a blind date, thinking we would hit it off. Her instincts were right! Matt and I have been together ever since. Our family-oriented nature brought us together, and because of those shared values, we wanted our wedding to be very intimate and personal. We tried to involve family members at every step, and for us, that is what made our wedding such a special day. My Uncle Jerry and Aunt Ruth offered up their oceanfront yard as a possible location for our big day. We couldn’t have been more grateful for this — the romantic, sweeping views and shared memories of the peaceful spot made the day that much more heartwarming. 

The laid-back style I wanted of my wedding would not have come together so beautifully without the fashion sense and good taste of my sister, Aimee. We did not want the traditional pinks and purples for our wedding colors. Instead I loved the blue and coral/orange color combination and the preppy charm of seersucker stripes. Thanks to Aimee’s design and the creative talents by many family members, every DIY project turned out perfect and added a very personal touch to the day. I walked down the aisle barefoot with my brother by my side and my coral-clad sister leading the way. Matt’s sister Megan, who introduced us, acted as our justice of the peace. As we exchanged vows, Matt’s older sister Melissa sang and played the guitar. There was not a dry eye in the crowd. As the ceremony ended, my cousin’s catering company passed around hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and many of my second cousins did the serving. It felt amazing to have our families and friends there, supporting us and smiling along with us as we celebrated our love for one another. Then we headed to the reception, where we had an indoor celebration surrounded by spectacular ocean views. We wanted it to be informal and one big party, and it was! There was no assigned seating or formal dinner. My cousin’s catering company set up food stations, and our guests were able to mingle around high top tables or take a seat at a table surrounding the lively dance floor. The night was not just focused on us, but the opportunity to have our favorite people all hanging out and having great time.

Jessie, a good friend of mine, offered to set up a photo booth, and it was such a hit. I love all the pictures that came from it. They make me laugh and cry, thinking of the great memories all of us shared. Our main photographer, Tory, captured our wedding better than I could have ever imagined. The day was simple and perfect just as I wanted.

Wedding Photography: Tory Williams Photography / Ceremony: The Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts / Reception: The Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Ward’s Florist and Greenhouse / Catering: Kelli Petri Catering / Cupcakes: Truly Jorg’s Patisserie / Harpist: Carol Littlefield McIntyre / DJ: Russ McQueen Entertainment / Seersucker Floral Bouquet Wraps, Thank You Notes, Wedding Invitations, Beach Rocks, Ceremony Programs, Decorative Vases + Water Bottles: DIY / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Nina

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